Cupping is frequently used to treat early stage colds and flu, trauma, and muscle pain, especially in the back and shoulders. Athletes use cupping as a secret weapon. According to Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, “cupping is applied by acupuncturists to certain acupuncture points, as well as to regions of the body that are affected by pain where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled.” It is unwise to cup over large blood vessels as well. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. In order to allow easy movement of the glass cups along the skin, some oil is applied. The cups may be made of such things as wood, bamboo, plastic, glass, or metal. As the fire goes out, he puts the cup upside down on your skin. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner's assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. Still, a certain amount of bruising is expected both from fixed position cupping especially at the site of the cup rim and with movement of the cups. The one thing they all had in common was that they came with extensive, and long-lived, side effects including kidney failure, mouth ulcers and teeth loss. Preference varies with practitioners and cultures. Ancient Chinese medicine have believed that the body contains “Meridians”. Most practitioners use the back Thu points or bladder meridian and the dazhui. It was a much needed alternative to pure mercury. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes. Cups are generally left in place for ten minutes although the time can range from five to fifteen minutes. “There are two forms of cupping therapy,” Greta tells co-anchor Harry Smith. Dr.
Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years and it is still used today by many alternative medicine practitioners. Trepanation – Dating back before ancient Roman and Greek times, according to Totelin, holes were drilled into human skulls to relieve a range of ailments from migraines to head injuries. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic acupuncture Medicine graduating in1983.